No Happy Endings: Practicing Care in Troubled Times

  • Angela Molloy Murphy
Keywords: child-animal relations, theory of care, multispecies inquiry, common worlds


This article uses a multispecies inquiry to research the relations between human children and other-than-human animals, specifically, a piglet, in a home-based early childhood setting. The focus of this work is to activate critical posthumanism and common worlds scholarship to consider the ethics of relations of care in which the fate of the cared-for is uncertain. I draw on Puig de la Bellacasa’s theory of care to consider the implications of our school community’s care for the piglet, which was offered freely and in full awareness of uncertain consequences and precarious futures.


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Molloy Murphy, A. (2020). No Happy Endings: Practicing Care in Troubled Times. Journal of Childhood Studies, 45(2), 7-13.